When I first wrote this post four months ago we were certainly living in different times, today was of course due to be a huge celebration. With the bank holiday moved, the whole country was set for a great celebration however sadly, for now, that must be put on hold.
For VE Day I thought I’d post a copy of a letter sent by the American Ambulance shortly after the 8th of May. From January 1945 financial responsibility for the American Ambulance had been taken on by the Ministry of Health after the British War Relief Society of America finally stopped funding the organisation at the end of 1944. When financial responsibility was taken on by the Exchequer it was decided that the organisation would be funded for three months following the end of hostilities. The below letter was sent by the American Ambulance to Mr Ainsworth at the Ministry of Health with the intention of setting a firm stand down date, it was decided that they would stand down on the 15th October 1945. This date was extended to the 31st of October as the Queen had limited availability to inspect a stand down parade at Buckingham Palace.
I hope that whatever you manage to do or wherever you are you can have a good VE Day commemoration. I thought I’d leave you with a poem, written for the original celebrations that were due to be having to commemorate the anniversary!
A TRIBUTE TO THE MILLIONS
Let us remember those who so selflessly gave their lives at home and abroad, whose
sacrifice enables us to enjoy the
peace and freedom we have today.
Let us remember those who came home wounded, physically and mentally, and the friends and family who cared for them.
Let us remember those who returned to restore their relationships and rebuild their working lives after years of dreadful conflict and turmoil.
Let us remember the families that lost husbands, sons and sweethearts.
Let us remember the servicemen, merchant seamen, miners, brave civilians and others from Commonwealth and Allied countries – who fought, suffered and died during
four years of war.
Let us remember those in reserved occupation and the brave people who
kept us safe on the home front – the doctors and nurses who cared for the wounded, the women and men who toiled in the fields, those who worked in the factories, who all played such a vital role
in the war effort at home.